The Telegraph is reporting that A-level results will be the “most unfair in a generation”, headteachers have warned, after changes to the appeals process that may result in students missing out on places at elite universities.
In May this year, Ofqual, the exam boards regulator, said it would only allow re-marking if there were “clear errors”.
In a major clampdown on exam appeals, Ofqual said it would press ahead with a tougher system that will make it harder for some pupils to get a “second bite of the cherry”.
Ofqual maintained that its reforms were to make the system “clearer, more consistent, and fairer for all students”.
However, Chris King – chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) – argued that the changes to the exam appeal system will have “lifelong consequences” for bright pupils who will miss out on Oxbridge places by a few points because of subjective marking.
“Lack of accuracy and fair appeal is not only wrong but has lifelong consequences; this is why we call on the regulator to put the wellbeing of students rather than the system at the centre of its approach.”
Do you think that this new system for marking has made A-levels unfair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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